One year ago a new event was held in Redwood Falls.

Known as the Beef Brigade Salute, it was an effort to promote beef month and to honor area veterans.

Initiated by Dawn Breitkreutz of Redwood Falls, the event was a success, as it was able to donate $2,700 to three organizations serving veterans, current military personnel and their families.

The second annual Beef Brigade Salute is being held this Friday (May 11). 

The salute will be held at the Redwood Falls National Guard Armory from 5-8 p.m.

Sponsored by the Redwood Area Cattlemen’s Association, in partnership with American Legion Post 38, the American Legion Auxiliary and the Sons of the American Legion, the event includes a free-will donation burger meal, activities for youth of all ages, an exhibit of military and veteran memorabilia and a gun and cash raffle.

Proceeds from this year’s event are going to support three organizations, including:

• Project New Hope, which provides veterans and their families with the education, training and skills necessary to manage life after war time service.

• The All American Beef Battalion, which honors military service members and families through the organization of steak feeds, entertainment, programs, meetings and projects.

• The Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans, which serves veterans and their families who are homeless or are experiencing a crisis that could lead to homelessness.

Neither the Redwood Area Cattlemen’s Association nor the local American Legion receive any funds from this event. All are given to the aforementioned 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations.

Donations are also being sought for the event and its causes. They can be mailed to the Redwood Area Cattlemen’s Association at 38270 Kenwood Avenue, Redwood Falls, MN, 56283. Those making a donation should somehow note that it is for the Beef Brigade Salute.

Volunteers are also being sought for the event this coming Friday.

To learn more contact Dawn Breitkreutz at (507) 430-1501, Fawn McNamara at (507) 430-1348, Jim Mertens at (507) 430-2261 or Justin Seifert at (507) 430-2507.

According to Breitkreutz, “veterans and cattlemen have a similar dedication to their community, and this partnership has been a very good collaboration to give back and help in a significant way.”

The public is invited and encouraged to attend the Beef Brigade Salute May 11 at the Redwood Falls armory.